WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama can cross at least one New Year’s resolution off his list — quitting smoking.
According to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, it’s been about 9 months since the president indulged in that habit. Gibbs tweeted last week “POTUS hasnt’ had a cigarette in about 9 months.” (sic on apostrophe placement)
Gibbs told CNN that Obama chews Nicorette and stopped smoking by using “stubborn willpower.”
He told Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Obama decided to quit after the battle over healthcare legislation. “I can report that it’s been probably about 9 months since he last smoked a cigarette. He has done enormously well in quitting,” Gibbs said.
We imagine the White House has lots of hidden nooks and crannies to sneak a smoke and hide butts, but imagine it would be difficult for the president to run out and buy a pack of cigarettes without anyone noticing.